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Episode 32 — Chicken Adventures


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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 12:55
Original Air Date Published March 17, 2011

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animal cracker book coverAnimal Crackers Fly the Coop
Author :Kevin O’Malley
Publisher: Walker & Company, 2010


Filled with too many puns to count, this book, based on the traditional Bremen Town Musicians tale is about Hen, who wants to be a comedi-hen (there’s one pun for you!). After the farmer threatens Hen that she will become a chicken dinner on Fry-day, Hen decides to run away and try her luck as a comedi-hen. Along the way she meets a sad dog, a fat cat, and a miserable cow, all of whom have the same passion for telling jokes. They decide to team up and start their own comedy nightclub. Their dream turns to reality when they happen upon a house of robbers and scare them. When the robbers run away, the empty house becomes the perfect venue for the four comedian friends!

gimme cracked corn book coverGimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share
Author: Kevin O’Malley
Illustrator: Henry Cole
Publisher: Walker & CompanyPuffin, 2010


If you’re on a corny roll after Animal Cracker Fly the Coop, then keep on reading. In this Kevin O’Malley book, Chicken dreams that under a pink pig inside a beautiful barn there was “a treasure of cracked corn.” Chicken and his friend, who’s been feeling a little cooped up, decide to try to find the barn and all the cracked corn. Their journey consists of many trials and tribulations, all of which come with a punch line. When they finally find the beautiful barn and the great pink pig, they discover that the pig had a dream of his own. Will Pig’s dream lead Chicken to the treasure of cracked corn? You better read to find out!

Louise book coverLouise, The Adventures of a Chicken
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
Publisher: Joanna Cotler Books, 2008



Louise the chicken is longing for adventure. In her first adventure she boards a pirate ship and is captured by looting pirates. A raging storms shakes up the battle, and Louise escapes with just a piece of drift wood to claw onto. She makes it back to her farm where she rests for a while, but Louise isn’t finished. She wants more adventure. So, in the second chapter she joins the circus and becomes the high-wire act. When she almost falls into a lion’s gaping mouth, she decides that she needs to retire back to her farm. In the third and final chapter, Louise needs more adventure. She travels far away and is chicken-napped by a mysterious man in black. Louise leads a revolt to free all the other chicken-napped chickens and then heads back to the warmth and safety of her home. If Louise has any more adventures, that is up to you. After reading this book, kids will want to write their own adventure for Louise!


Big Chicken book coverBig Chickens Fly the Coop
Author: Leslie Helakoski
Illustrator: Henry Cole
Publisher: Puffin, 2010


The four big chickens in this book are trying desperately to have an adventure of their own. They’ve always wanted to see the farmhouse, so they stick their necks out and bravely venture into the farmyard.  First, they mistakenly approach a doghouse with two barking dogs. This causes the four chickens to rush back to their coop to rethink their decision. They decide that they must see the farmhouse so they venture out again only to be scared back in by a tractor. The flustered chickens try several times to find the farmhouse only to be scared back into the coop. The best part of the book is the map at the back that lets the readers trace the chickens’ journey and see just how far they were from the farmhouse. This is a great book to read aloud.


Rosies walk book coverRosie's Walk
Author: Pat Hutchins
Publisher: Aladdin, 1971

Unsuspecting Rosie is taking a walk around the farmyard. Right behind her is sneaky fox trying to catch his dinner. Each time, as the fox is just about to pounce on Rosie, he meets disaster. He steps on a rake that hits him in the face, he falls into a haystack, and, finally, a swarm of bees scares him off for good. The story is mostly told through the illustrations, and the fun part is that the reader gets to be in on the joke, while Rosie the hen has no idea that the fox is behind her getting thwarted at every turn.  This is a classic, must-read book!

Hattie and the Fox book coverHattie and the Fox
Author: Mem Fox
Illustrator: Henry Cole
Publisher: Aladdin, 1992

Hattie sees something in the bushes, but the other farm animals don’t seem to care. At first she can see only a nose, and with each page she is able to see another part: two eyes, two ears, a body, and so on and tries to warn her indifferent barnyard friends. Suspense builds when the last fox part is seen and the wily fox bounds from the bushes. One of the farm friends saves the day. Read to find out!


Expert Chat

Join Emily as she chats with author and illustrator Kevin O’Malley. His joke-filled books are a favorite among teachers and kids. Listen to hear what inspires him to write, how he got to be so funny, and which humorists tickle his funny bone.